Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Starring: Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Samuel L. Jackson, Taron Egerton
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Kingsman is the kind of movie that I love. This movie knows what it is and what it is trying to achieve, and it does so perfectly. I have not seen a good comedy-action movie in a long time. The last movie that did action and humor as well was probably Rush Hour. The plot is supposed to mimic classic James Bonds movies where a megalomaniac tries to destroy the world and it is up to our single hero to stop him. Kingsman is basically a more action oriented Austin Powers however, to put the movies on the same playing field does not do Kingsman justice. The acting is spot on with Firth and Jackson doing incredible jobs and newbie Egerton also carrying his weight. The special effects are exactly what one would expect from an action film but instead of relying on slow-motion, Kingsman utilizes, what I would call, fast-motion. It was really unique and, I thought, a welcome change from the usual effects choices. Additionally, the soundtrack was really good. From start to finish this movie was highly enjoyable. I recommend this movie. Considering the other films that are out right now, this is hands down the best choice.
Release date: March 6, 2015
Vince Vaughn is back with director Ken Scott (the two worked together in Delivery Man) in, what appears to be, another run of the mill comedy. It also adds the more veteran Tom Wilkinson and the more junior Dave Franco to round out the cast. This movie does not look like it is going to do anything ground breaking. If I had to guess, Vaughn is going to utilize his fast talk, reference laden humor and pair it with Franco’s lovable boyishness and Wilkinson will provide a stark contrast to the two, being the most senior actor. I don’t want this to sound like the movie won’t be good. I am sure it will have its humorous parts. I just would not expect anything groundbreaking.
Fresh off its victory at the Oscars, I thought I would share Glory, from Selma. I am really enjoying this song. John Legend kills it on piano and Common is one of the best wordsmiths out there, and this song fits perfectly with his style. The use of a choir adds to the soulful feel of the song. I never saw Selma but, if the movie is as good as the song I will definitely give it a watch.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Tim Roth
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
I just watched Pulp Fiction again recently and I realized something, I do not like this movie as much as I thought I did. Sure there are some iconic scenes like Samuel L. Jackson’s bible quote, and that Marcellus Wallace looks like a “female dog,” and Christopher Walken’s discussion of where the wristwatch had been. The acting is great across the board and the soundtrack is absolutely phenomenal. However, despite these successes the film did not live up to my memory of it. There is something to be said for movies losing some of their luster the second time around. The surprises go away and the unexpected is now expected, but great movies are great every single time you watch them, not just the first. Pulp Fiction just does not have the staying power that other great movies possess. I would still recommend watching it. But I would also say that Django Unchained, Reservoir Dogs and Inglorious Bastards are all as good if not better movies. The first time I saw this movie I probably would have given it a 10/10. Now I must say my opinion has changed significantly.
Barenaked Ladies have been coming out with great music for years now. While their classics of Another Postcard and One Week are timeless, some of their more recent stuff is just as good (one of which can be found here). Another song on the album is Best Damn Friend. It is catchy, upbeat and puts a smile on my face every time I hear it. I have been enjoying it a lot this past week and think you guys might as well.
Based on the video game of the same name, comes Hitman. There have been plenty of movies in this genre and I am not sure that this one will be any different. However, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There is nothing wrong with a mindless action movie and I have a sneaking suspicion that is what Hitman: Agent 47 will be. That being said, I will still probably go and see it.
Release date: August 28, 2015
I have been addicted to Marianas Trench for the past month or so. They are one of the rare bands where every song seems to be better than the last. The first song I heard by them was Stutter and I loved it. I have not been able to stop listening to their whole library since. The best part of their music is that it is incredibly upbeat. I hope you like them as much as I do.